Police Department

Hayward Chamber of Commerce Officer of the Year 2022

April 7, 2023

Some of you may recall us highlighting Officer Emilio Gonzalez’s hard work late last year after arresting two different people for gun possession at different traffic stops on the same night.
Well, it turns out, that was just the tip of the iceberg of Emilio’s work accomplishments.
In fact, because of Emilio’s consistent hard work, humility, sense of humor, and positive attitude, he was recently honored as the Hayward Chamber of Commerce Officer of the Year for 2022!
Acting Chief Matthews said, “Emilio has made incredibly positive contributions to this community through his proactive, professional, and dedicated approach to his work. He is compassionate and respectful when he interacts with community members and is described as a ‘go to person’ by those who work with him.”
Emilio made over 100 arrests last year, including 65 proactive arrests, and 20 proactive firearm seizures. Even while assigned to the patrol division, Emilio authored several search and arrest warrants, and received his “10851 pin,” which is awarded to those who have recovered a number of stolen vehicles, many of which resulted in arrests.
As if this was not impressive enough, Emilio has done all of this while continuing to serve our country in the United States Marine Corps, (not to mention while balancing family and social commitments as well).
To say Emilio is worthy of this award is an understatement. Please join us in celebrating and congratulating Officer Emilio Gonzalez for this well-deserved recognition!
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